Today, I started my day doing one of my favorite activities- riding my bike. As I was cruising down Willamette Drive here is Portland, I saw many people filling buckets with the fresh blackberries that were growing on the side of the road. The sight of all those fresh berries gave me the idea to make a blackberry galette to take to my friend’s dinner party tonight. I am so excited to dive into all this tasty, fresh goodness later this evening. I am comforted by the fact that not only will it taste good, but the blackberries offer many health benefits.
Blackberries are a rich source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is important for a healthy immune system, helps fight free radical damage and helps synthesize collagen (good for healthy skin and joints).
Blackberries high Vitamin K content can be helpful with wound healing and blood clotting.
Blackberries are considered a low carbohydrate/high fiber fruit, making it a good fruit source for those following low carb diets.
Blackberries high fiber content is great for keeping your bowels moving and helping you feel full longer.
Recent research suggests blackberries may be good for heart health- lowering blood pressure and raising the HDL (the good kind) of cholesterol.
At only 62 calories, almost 8 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein per cup, blackberries make a healthy sweet treat to add to your diet.
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